This is a guest post from AARP Illinois staffer Kathy Klaper
Welcome to our new series on caregiver resources. Each week we will be posting a caregiving topic along with resources to help guide caregivers with recommended resources needed to get through the difficult times. The boomers, also known as the sandwich generation are more involved than ever in caring for their elderly parents and their children and grandchildren at the very same time. Chances are if you aren't a caregiver yet you will be one someday.
Many of us here at AARP Illinois are caregivers for our parents our our grandparents and we know how joyful, daunting, and complex it can get. We will share stories, answer questions, post upcoming community events, and offer support. With aging parents, job loss and divorce many families are working together to care for each other. The first step is getting organized. Do you have the resources to care for elderly parents and family members? Do you have financial documents, power of attorney forms, and things like wills in order?
If you're looking for a good place to start getting organized check out these "8 Rules For New Caregivers" and tell us what you think. Valid? Did we miss any? Do you have any tips for caregiving that you'd like to share? Leave them in the comments.